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Male Fertility

Creating a Simple At-Home Test for Male Fertility

Shafiee collaborated with the MGH Fertility Center to develop a smartphone-based microchip for at-home male infertility testing. Tests of the lab-based prototype show the smartphone semen analyzer identifies with 98 percent accuracy abnormal semen samples based on sperm concentration and motility.

Men’s Health Month: The Future of Digital Fertility

More than 45 million couples worldwide experience challenges when trying to get pregnant. The eye-opening conversation with a doctor that brings to light the reality that you may not be able to grow your family in the way you always envisioned, can be heartbreaking. When the issue arises, the spotlight seems to automatically focus in on the woman. Despite men making up half our population, men’s health topics are not commonly discussed – in particular, men’s fertility. Supported by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub and Brigham and Women’s Translational Accelerator, the team of Hadi Shafiee, PhD, a scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has created a smartphone-based test and application that can measure the quality of sperm and ultimately change the direction in patient care when it comes to male fertility issues.